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Field Trip, Saturday, March 18, 2017: Aullwood Audubon Center- Aullwood Audubon Center, one of the Midwest’s first nature centers, is situated just outside of Englewood, Ohio, about a one-hour drive from Oxford. The National Audubon Society was able to establish this beautiful wildlife sanctuary as a result of an unprecedented gift of land from Marie S. Aull in 1957. Aullwood consists of two major locations, Aullwood Nature Center and Aullwood Farm, connected by six miles of walking trails. Today, Aullwood’s 200-acre sanctuary includes six miles of walking trails winding through prairie, woods, ponds, farmland and meadows. A brochure with trail map is available at http://aullwood.audubon.org/sites/g/files/amh851/f/static_pages/attachments/aullwood_trailmap_2015.pdf. Aullwod Education Manager Tom Hissong is coordinating our visit. The trip will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. After our morning walk we’ll be able to enjoy a picnic lunch at the Center. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

Field Trip, Sunday, April 23, 2017: Hunter / Huffmeier Property-  This will be another delightful visit to the rural Indiana property of our hosts, Kathy Hunter and Ron Huffmeier. The land, located just to the west of Brookville Lake, features stunning old-growth forest along with open grassy areas and lovely streams. We are sure to find a nice variety of birds while walking through this attractive setting. Pack a lunch, and we will dine on the deck of Kathy and Ron’s home overlooking the woods. We’ll leave at 8:00 a.m. from west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford) and return to Oxford after lunch.

Butler County Big Week of Birding, Saturday, April 29 – Saturday, May 6, 2017: Various Locations- More than a field trip, it’s a whole week of field trips! Audubon Miami Valley joins with Metroparks of Butler County as a co-sponsor of the Big Week of Birding in Butler County. Start with sunrise birding on Saturday April 29, enjoy birding each day, then wrap it all up with a family event on Saturday, May 6. Eleven fantastic birding opportunities, each at a different location! With each trip being led by an experienced birder or naturalist during the peak of spring migration, this is an outstanding opportunity to observe and enjoy the many species that move through our area each year. It’s also a great way to discover the outstanding natural areas offered by Metroparks of Butler County. These outings will meet at the respective sites, and some may have special requirements. To learn more, be sure to visit the Metroparks website, http://reservations.yourmetroparks.net/programs/.

For instructions on meeting a trip at the trip site, or information on last-minute changes, consult the site or send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at jmichael@amvohio.org.

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